Many RV clubs offer benefits that can enhance your RVing experience by connecting you with like-minded travelers, providing valuable resources, and offering exclusive perks. Joining an RV club can save money on camping fees, give you the peace of mind of roadside assistance, offer an easy way to find specific information about your RV, and connect you with fellow travelers who may become lifelong friends.
But because there are so many RV clubs out there, figuring out which one(s) to join can be a challenge. With 20+ years of full-time RVing under our belts, we’ve compiled the following list of the best RV clubs in North America to consider joining. Each has the potential to enhance your RV lifestyle.
- 1) What Is an RV Club?
The Best RV Clubs to Consider Joining
- 2.1) Good Sam Club
- 2.2) Escapees RV Club
- 2.3) FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association)
- 2.4) RVing Women
- 2.5) AIM Club
- 2.6) Rainbow RV Club
- 2.7) Explorer RV Club
- 2.8) Canadian Snowbird Association
- 2.9) Passport America
- 2.10) Family Campers & RVers
- 2.11) Boondockers Welcome
- 2.12) Harvest Hosts
- 2.13) Thousand Trails
- 2.14) National African American RVers Association (NAARVA)
- 2.15) Loners on Wheels
- 2.16) Fulltime Families
- 2.17) The Camping and Caravanning Club
- 2.18) Tin Can Tourists
- 2.19) Handicapped Travel Club
- 2.20) North American Truck Campers Association
- 2.21) RV Care-A-Vanners
- 2.22) Brand-Specific Clubs
- 3) Free RVing Tips, Tricks, Reviews & Giveaways
What Is an RV Club?
There are hundreds of RV clubs out there, and their purpose and goals can vary a lot. It might be best to say that an RV club is any organized group RVers can join to enhance their RV lifestyle in whatever ways suits them best.
For example, there are RV camping clubs that focus on finding places to camp, hike, kayak, swim, or fish. Other types of RV club memberships offer RV travelers specific benefits that may include reduced fees at participating campgrounds and RV parks.
Some RV clubs cater to specific travelers, such as families with kids, women, minority RVers, LGBT campers, or solo travelers. While we’re not aware of RV clubs for seniors specifically, the services that many of the most popular clubs offer are a perfect fit for most seniors and welcome members of all ages.
Maybe you’re a full-time RVer and want specific perks like mail forwarding services. Or maybe you’re looking for a group of RVers who own the same brand and model rig as you do, providing access to information specific to your RV.
No matter what type of RV community you’re looking for, many RV clubs offer a sense of community with like-minded RVers seeking the same benefits you are.
Let’s dive into our list of the top RV clubs in North America. They offer a variety of benefits that can enhance your RV life in ways that are of specific interest to you.
The Best RV Clubs to Consider Joining
In no particular order, here are some of the top clubs that RVers join to access a variety of benefits specific to their RV lifestyle and opportunities to meet like-minded travelers.
Good Sam Club
The Good Sam Club is one of the largest and best-known RV clubs, famous for offering “Good Sam” discounts at thousands of RV parks. Since being purchased by Camping World, Good Sam memberships now include some of the benefits of the old “President’s Club” when shopping at Camping World. The membership also offers discounted RV services, fuel, and more.
Members also enjoy access to trip-planning tools, roadside service options, and an extensive community. For more information on the Good Sam roadside service plans, see our post on the best RV roadside assistance. We’ve been Good Sam members since 2002, and have taken advantage of more savings over the years than we can count!
Escapees RV Club
The Escapees RV Club includes one of the most comprehensive RV club memberships in North America. They offer so much that we wrote an entire post on the Escapees RV Club, its wide variety of benefits, and why you might want to join.
Included are savings at RV parks, general discounts, roadside assistance, mail services, the Escapees SmartWeigh program, an RV job exchange, educational programs, and access to Escapees C.A.R.E.. They’re also famous for RV events and gatherings of all sorts, including their annual Escapade.
Escapees members can also join (for free) the Xscapers, which is specifically geared toward working-age RVers. Besides services laregely tailored towards non-retired full-timers, they schedule gatherings (known as Convergences) all over the country, including the biggest one each year: The Xscapers Annual BASH, which we’ve attended, and spoken at, three times so far.
Many people think that Escapees and Xscapers are solely for full-time RVers but that’s not the case. Although Escapees offers benefits that full-time RVers tend to need, it’s a community of full-timers, part-timers, snowbirds, and even occasional RVers who want to take advantage of what the community has to offer.
FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association)
As the name implies, FMCA is a family-oriented club that caters to motorhome owners. Membership benefits include exclusive campground discounts, a monthly magazine, access to a vast network of RVers, discounts on RV services, a roadside assistance program, FMCAssist medical emergency and travel assistance plan, repair and travel tips, access to a digital newsletter and helpful online member forums.
Because FMCA’s name includes “Motor Coach” in it, a common question we hear relates to RV type. The motor coach reference is now outdated, as they’ve long since welcomed all self-contained RVs, including travel trailers and fifth wheels. While Family Motor Coach Association is still the legal name, they are far more often known by the acronym FMCA. Think of it like AARP, which now accepts younger, non-retired members.
Read our dedicated post for more information about FMCA Membership: Not Just Family! Fun, Savings & More!
RVing Women is dedicated to female RVers, providing a supportive network for both solo and partnered women travelers. Events, educational resources, and camaraderie are key features of the group, which is open to women 18 and older.
The mission of RVing Women is “to provide women RVers with a supportive network and the opportunity to enjoy the RVing lifestyle safely and knowledgeably regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or financial status.”
Chapters hold monthly rallies throughout the travel season, and in the fall the group holds a national convention with a location that rotates among the eastern, middle, and western United States. They also sponsor caravans.
The AIM Club, (All Inclusive Motorhome Club), brings RVers together to offer educational events like tech talks and RV-exclusive content as well as to offer a social setting for like-minded travelers. Members can choose to participate in rallies and can take advantage of various discounts and perks such as emergency services and more. And unlike FMCA, this club’s name does indeed mean it’s open only to owners of motorhomes, not towables.
Rainbow RV Club
The Rainbow RV Club is the largest membership club in North America dedicated to gay and lesbian travelers. In existence since 1997, the club has over 7,000 members and has offered more than 1,000 camping events. Club members are LGBT couples and singles with an interest in RVing, off-roading, and tent camping.
Explorer RV Club
The Explorer RV Club is the largest Canadian RV club serving all RVers, including conversion vans & buses, and tent trailers.
The club sponsors many rallies, campouts, and other events that are held throughout Canada and are usually arranged by individual Explorer chapters and groups. Chapters are based in Central Ontario, Southeastern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, and Newfoundland/Labrador.
Membership in the Explorer RV Club offers many benefits to RVing Canucks, including campground discounts, emergency roadside service, insurance and RV rental discounts, and much more.
Canadian Snowbird Association
While we’re on the topic of Canucks, we’d be remiss to omit the Canadian Snowbird Association. CSA members enjoy many services specifically geared toward those who travel south for the winter. Considering that there’s no Desert SW or Florida in Canada (and the winter weather is famously not RV-friendly), it’s no wonder that so many Canucks “fly” south for the winter… like snowbirds.
We’ve been members for years (we’re dual US/Canadian citizens), and find their services perfect for those crossing the border into the States for the winter. They offer travel insurance, currency exchange, and other great resources that are perfect for helping Canadian RVers enjoy warm winters down south.
Passport America is technically a camping discount service rather than a “club” for RVers. But joining is well worth considering. They offer members up to 50% off camping fees at over 1,100 participating campgrounds. In addition to the discount on camping fees, PA offers an online magazine, trip routing, mail forwarding, RV insurance, roadside assistance, and more.
We’ve been members of Passport America ourselves, and before you decide to join, we suggest having a look at all of the details in our post on the Passport America membership. If a whopping 50% off sounds too good to be true, you should be aware that it comes with some restrictions that may or may not make PA the right fit for your travel style. Many RVers absolutely love it though.
Family Campers & RVers
Family Campers & RVers is an international camping club that’s been in existence since 1949. With chapters spanning the Continental USA and Canada, the group is entirely non-profit and run by volunteers.
Membership in this club will get you access to hundreds of organized campouts held every year. There are also discounts for campgrounds, RV insurance, camping and RV products, plus access to youth, teen, adult & retiree programs, as well as wildlife and conservation programs, and more.
Boondockers Welcome is a membership program that connects RVers with hosts who offer free overnight parking on their private property. It’s a great way to save money on camping fees and meet friendly property owners who can direct you to local attractions, events, and activities that interest you. Our very first experience with Boondockers Welcome was in Australia, where we spent Easter with wonderful hosts.
Harvest Hosts offers members interesting places to boondock overnight at wineries, farms, attractions, and (for an additional fee) golf courses. You pay one fee for the year and you can then contact hosts along your route to see if they have room for your rig at their location on the dates when you’ll be passing through the area.
The program allows all types of RVs, including Class A, B, and C rigs as well as towable travel trailers. However, camping units must be self-contained, so no pop-up trailers, tent campers, rooftop tents, sleeping in cars or trucks, etc.
Harvest Hosts is a great way to enjoy scenic locations throughout the US and Canada. Members are encouraged to make a purchase at the overnight location if possible.
Offering a network of campgrounds across North America, Thousand Trails provides members with the ability to pay a single fee to camp in select locations all year long with no or minimal nightly fees. They also offer such features as the ability to purchase a pass to one of their five “zones” offering access to all the campgrounds in only that region for a single price. (Regions include Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast. You also have the option to add zones for an additional fee.)
There are various payment plans available and you purchase a plan based on your particular camping interests. Each level of membership has its own set of rules so be sure to thoroughly research each membership level before purchasing.
National African American RVers Association (NAARVA)
NAARVA is a supportive community that encourages African-American RVers to connect, share experiences, and enjoy the RV lifestyle. Chapters around the country hold rallies where members enjoy live music, food, dancing, seminars, local tours, guest speakers, vendors, RV safety workshops, and much more.
Loners on Wheels
Loners on Wheels was founded in 1969 by a single female traveler It’s grown to more than 1,000 members and has now celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Aimed at single RV enthusiasts only, Loners on Wheels organizes events and trips for solo travelers, fostering a sense of community and friendship. The criteria for joining the club is that you must be a single traveler.
With headquarters in an RV park in Deming, New Mexico, (with 65 RV hook-ups) the group has chapters in most states offering campouts and gatherings throughout North America. Members also receive a bi-monthly newsletter with up-to-date information including locations and directions to events.
Catering to families living on the road, Fulltime Families offers resources for education, socialization, and support to make the RV lifestyle easier to navigate and more enjoyable for both parents and kids.
Founded in 2010, the group started with just a few families. Since that time thousands of families have joined making this a wonderful network for both traveling parents and their kids. Fulltime Families offers education, support, and community, with an active members-only Facebook group for parents as well as events and clubs for kids of all ages.
The Camping and Caravanning Club
As you might guess from the name (“caravan” is European for “travel trailer”), The Camping and Caravanning Club is based in Europe. We’ve rented RVs on three separate month-long European RV trips (so far), including travel through England, Italy, France, Spain, and Switzerland. (We’ve also rented RVs for month-long trips in Australia and New Zealand.)
While in Europe, we’ve taken advantage of The Camping and Caravanning Club’s many services, including staying at some of their 1,200 member-exclusive campsites and 100+ club-owned locations. Whether you’re in a motorhome, caravan, or tent, membership provides access to RVing services that can be especially helpful to out-of-country visitors who may not be familiar with the lay of the land.
If you’re RVing around Europe in the off-season, you’ll want to be sure to pick up the CampingCard ACSI card for discounts at over 3,000 participating locations. You’ll appreciate the Caravan Parks & Campeggios (campgrounds) and pitch (campsite) options available.
Tin Can Tourists
A vintage RV club, Tin Can Tourists celebrates the nostalgia of RVing. The club focuses on all types of vintage trailer and motorhome owners. Working with campgrounds, parts manufacturers, vintage trailer restoration companies, and historians, they support the Tin Can Tourist community. Members can participate in rallies showcasing their vintage travel trailers.
Handicapped Travel Club
The Handicapped Travel Club has been around since 1973, encouraging people with a wide range of disabilities to enjoy traveling. Members meet for social gatherings and share information on making RVs more accessible. Their motto is “Fun and Fellowship” and they publish a newsletter, plan local get-togethers, and sponsor regional and annual rallies.
North American Truck Campers Association
The North American Truck Campers Association (NATCOA) is a non-profit RV club for owners of truck campers as well as manufacturers and others associated with this style of RV. This group was formed in 2005 and operates in the USA and Canada, holding annual rallies across North America. Once a website and forum, the group now connects on a private Facebook group, and membership is free.
A branch of the Habitat for Humanity organization, the RV Care-A-Vanners is a wonderful group of volunteers who travel in their RVs to support the Habitat for Humanity organization.
Volunteers live in the RVs at a Habitat for Humanity building location and participate in the organization’s mission to work in local communities across all 50 states in the US (as well as in more than 70 countries around the world) to build strength, stability, and self-reliance by creating decent and affordable homes for those in need of assistance.
Joining and participating in a brand-specific owner’s group can be a great way to learn from other RV owners about brand-specific issues, fixes, upgrades, etc. that you might not hear about elsewhere. You may also be able to attend brand-specific rallies that can provide the opportunity to get factory support and repairs, even outside your warranty.
These groups offer a platform for networking, sharing experiences, and participating in rallies and events organized by fellow owners of that particular brand of RV.
Below is a sample of RV clubs that provide an idea of what we mean by “brand-specific groups.” If your brand of RV isn’t included below, you can simply Google your RV’s brand +” RV Club” or “owner’s club” to find your group.
- Newmar Kountry Klub
- Tiffin Allegro Club
- Heartland Owners Club
- Country Coach International
- Bounders United
- American Coach Association
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Whether you’re a solo traveler, a family, or a vintage RV enthusiast, and whether you’re a part-time, full-time, or weekend-camper, joining an RV club is a great way to enhance your travel experience. All of these clubs offer a sense of community, valuable resources, exclusive perks, and social connections that can take your RVing to a whole new level.
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